All My Friends Are Here
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||The Greatest Ears In Town (feat. Bette Midler & Barry Gibb)||Arif Mardin||4:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||So Blue (feat. Chaka Khan & David Sanborn)||Arif Mardin||4:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No Way Out (feat. Nicki Parrott)||Arif Mardin||5:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Goodbye to Rio (feat. Raúl Midón)||Arif Mardin||4:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No One (feat. Dianne Reeves)||Arif Mardin||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||So Many Nights (feat. Danny O'Keefe)||Arif Mardin||4:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Calls a Soft Voice (feat. Carly Simon)||Arif Mardin||5:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Longing for You (feat. Norah Jones with Joe Lovano & John Faddis)||Arif Mardin||6:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dual Blues (feat. Amy Kohn)||Arif Mardin||5:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Chez Twang's (feat. Dr. John)||Arif Mardin||5:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Willie's After Hours (Lonestar Blues)||Arif Mardin||5:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All My Friends Are Here (feat. Hall & Oates, Barry & Robin Gibb, Members of The Rascals and The Average White Band, Phil Collins, Lalah Hathaway, Cisy Houston & Randy Brecker)||Arif Mardin||4:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wistful||Arif Mardin||1:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
JOYOUS!!! A Must Have!!!
It feels like Arif Mardin freed his musical soul on this album. It is his swan song, but comes off more like the finale of a fireworks display!
The songs range from quirky (Dual Blues) to lush and seductive (So Blue). The production is exquisite (as you would expect!) Some tracks are dressed in lush arrangements, some are more sparse, featuring rich piano and soulful upright bass. The one thing that touches me most about this album? For all its jazzy sophistication, it is so emotionally intimate-ending with the final track, "Wistful", where we are serenaded by Arif himself sweetly playing the piano. The divas and luminaries that Arif produced throughout his career are all here! Chaka Kahn, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Norah Jones--and they are brilliant. Play this album through just once and you will feel like a friend too!! Love it!!
Bette's voice shines and is in great form on the original song "The greatest ears in town." Comical too....love it!
Born: March 15, 1932 in Istanbul, Turkey
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s